Vinnytsia Welcome Policy will be aimed at building infrastructure and expanding the range of opportunities for people and families who have come to the city or plan to do it in coming years, internally displaced persons, foreign students, and volunteers. One of the first steps was to conduct a sociological survey "New Vinnytsia Citizens about the Choice of a City, Meeting with the City and Life in the City". Among the positive consequences of choosing Vinnytsia, newcomers point to the successful logistics location of the city, the comfort of life in the city, excellent work, non-aggressive and friendly people, and friendly environment. The presence of green areas in the city (a river, green islands), an extensive network of educational institutions, opportunities for business and cultural development, security, as well as gaining new experiences, new challenges and expanding the circle of acquaintances and friends are among the priorities.
The development of a Welcome Policy is one of the projects included in the Intercultural Strategy of Vinnytsia City Territorial Community. It is implemented with the support of the German government company "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Research on the development of a new successful Welcome Policy in the city is conducted by a team of experts of "Center for Strategic Development of Territories" and "Center for Sociological Research" of Melitopol State Pedagogical University named after Bohdan Khmelnytsky in partnership with Vinnytsia City Council. The overall objective of the study is to develop a vital policy for Vinnytsia City Territorial Community in the framework of Intercultural Strategy and preparation and presentation of a draft Comprehensive Welcome Policy Program.
Welcome policy aims at organizing the most acceptable conditions for the accommodation in Vinnytsia of people and families who have come to the city or plan to do it in coming years, internally displaced persons, foreign students, and volunteers. It also oversees solving the problems they face by forming effective programs for their inclusion in the life of the city and community.
A poll "New Vinnytsia Citizens about the Choice of a City, Meeting with the City and Life in the City"
In March-April, experts conducted a poll "New Vinnytsia Citizens about the Choice of a City, Meeting with the City and Life in the City". The study participants were 464 newly arrived residents, aged 14 and older, who live in the city for no more than 6 years and who use the Internet. They are displaced persons, foreign students, freshmen and graduate students of educational institutions of 3-4 levels of accreditation, young entrepreneurs and migrant entrepreneurs, young families who have recently moved from nearby settlements, representatives of ethnic communities.
The aim of the study was to determine the reasons for moving and the motives for choosing a city to assess the human, cultural and entrepreneurial potential of newcomers. It also includes to identify positive and negative impressions of newcomers from the urban space, to explore the markers of welcome infrastructure and city policy, the quality of services. The research tasks were to determine the safety and factors of comfortable living for newcomers, analysis of the levels of inclusion of newcomers in the social, cultural and social life of the city for their successful adaptation and integration.
What are the main reasons for moving to Vinnytsia
The survey has revealed that the main reasons for choosing Vinnytsia are higher salary (as indicated by 29% of respondents), social and political problems in the region of previous residence (25%) and the goal or dream of childhood (15%). Among the additional reasons for moving, respondents single out such as job search (14%), to which the factors of employment opportunities by profession (7%), migration by workplace (7% of them moved with the employer), getting a new job that required relocation to Vinnytsia (5%), and 3% - due to the expansion of their own business - are added.
No less important motives for choosing Vinnytsia are changes in the personal lives of new Vinnytsia residents: marriage (13%) and moving to a beloved one (11%). Vinnytsia also attracts newcomers as an educational space: 11% of newcomers have come precisely for education, and 4% - for the education of their children. The study has found that Vinnytsia also acts as an accumulating space for cultural diversity. Thus, 11% of new Vinnytsia residents chose the city as an opportunity to be closer to the center of their culture, 6% of them moved to be closer to their relatives, and 5%- friends.
Most newcomers (56%) moved to Vinnytsia spontaneously, due to circumstances at work or in the family. However, 31% of new Vinnytsia residents planned to move for at least six months, every tenth newcomer (10%) - a few years, and for 3% - it was a childhood dream.
They have chosen Vinnytsia, first of all, as a comfortable city to live in (52%), or because of a positive feedback from relatives, friends, acquaintances about the city (42%), proximity to the previous place of residence (33%), an extensive educational system in the city (27%) and living in the city of relatives and friends who can help find housing and get a job (24%). On the positive side, almost half of newcomers (48%) believe that they benefit from moving to the city, and 42% of respondents indicate that they are mostly benefiting from choosing Vinnytsia.
Positive and negative consequences of choosing Vinnytsia
Among the positive consequences of choosing Vinnytsia, newcomers point to such indicators as good logistics location of the city, comfort of life in the city, closeness to parents and relatives, excellent work, non-aggressive and friendly people, convenient public transport, friendly environment (clean air) and green areas, an extensive network of educational institutions, opportunities and doing business and cultural development, security, as well as gaining new experiences, new challenges and expanding the circle of acquaintances and friends.
However, there are also negative consequences of relocation, among which the new residents of Vinnytsia allocate high rents for housing, problems with employment by profession and lack of connections, contacts in the city to find it, imperfect work of the Employment Center, fast pace of life and congestion in the city, difficulties with orientation in the city, and a feeling of loneliness.
Nevertheless, the majority (62%) of newcomers do not plan to move from Vinnytsia to the other city, but a third of them (31%) are thinking about it, and 7% still plan to leave Vinnytsia.
During the first visit, Vinnytsia was remembered for its beautiful cathedrals and towers, well-developed infrastructure, quality public transport, clean streets, rich greenery and landscapes of the Southern Buh, friendly and open residents.